St Dominic

St. Peter of Verona (Peter Martyr)

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. Peter of Verona (1205 – 52) was the first canonized martyr of the Dominican Order. Born in Verona, Italy, of parents who had embraced the heresy of Cartharism, he was educated at the University Read more…

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Blessed Humbert

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. Of all the early Dominican writers, Humbert of Romans (1200 – 1277), the fifth master general of the Order, most clearly recapitulated the Dominican ideal. His major concern was to help his brothers understand Read more…

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Blessed Bartholomew

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. A noted writer of sermons and scriptural commentaries and a leading Dominican bishop, Bartholomew of Breganza (1201 – 70) was born in Vicenza, Italy, and educated at the University of Padua. During his studies Read more…

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St. Hyacinth

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. Known as the “Apostle of Poland,” Hyacinth (1185 – 1257) was born of a noble family in Silesia. Trained as a priest, he was appointed a canon by his uncle, the bishop of Krakow, Read more…

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Blessed Paul, Founder of the Hungarian Province

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. At the Second General Chapter, held in Bologna in 1221, the Dominican Order’s expansion throughout Christendom was planned in detail. The chapter fathers appointed Paul (d. 1241), a doctor of canon law from Bologna, Read more…

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Blessed Mannes

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. Mannes (ca. 1170-1235), an older brother of Dominic, was contemplative and holy. He placed himself under his brothers guidance at least from the foundation of the Dominican Order and perhaps even much earlier. Mannes Read more…

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Vision of Blessed Joanna

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. According to tradition, Dominic’s mother–Jane of Aza, also known as Joanna–had a dream before her son’s conception in which she saw a hound racing through the world igniting everything with a flaming torch. Troubled Read more…

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Canonization of St. Dominic

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. Popular devotion to Dominic increased after his death, and in 1234, only 13 years later, he was canonized by Pope Gregory IX, formerly Cardinal Ugolino, who earlier had been his patron. Canonization involved two Read more…

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Bl. Jordan of Saxony

The Order of Preachers celebrates the memorial of Blessed Jordan of Saxony, the Second Master of the Order and Successor to St Dominic, today (February 13th.) It has been said that “Jordan who, more than any one man after St Dominic himself, created the spirit of the Order, gave to it a joy and an Read more…

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Death of St. Dominic

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. On August 6, 1221, less than five years after the Holy See formally confirmed the founding of the Order of Preachers, Dominic died in Bologna, the site of one of the Dominicans’ principal university Read more…

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Establishment of Third Order

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. Although Dominic did not personally establish the third order (the Dominican Laity), he indirectly influenced its founding by his spiritual counseling of many laypeople moved by his preaching. As the Dominican friars established monasteries Read more…

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St. Dominic Receiving Rosary

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. The form of the rosary today is believed to have been shaped and organized by Dominic, although the use of beads in prayer is much older than he and is not necessarily Christian; the Read more…

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